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>> life in the british house of commons, every wednesday while parliament is in session prime minister david cameron takes questions from members of the house of commons. prior to question time the house is wrapping up other business. this is live coverage on c-span2. >> good morning, the heads of the bbc. [inaudible] >> i don't know if the microfinance are playing tricks with us are more likely there's too much noise. i want to fully hear what the honorable lady was saying. >> mr. speaker, can i just say i
congratulate her on being a champion of the language but she may want to recognize and congratulate both the bbc and others in reaching agreement on the accountability until 2017 thereby securing welsh language broadcasting in wales. >> if anyone watching bbc wales this weekend, i noticed the odds have dropped from eight, the two to one. which you reflect on that? [laughter] >> i would kill the honorable gentleman and not bother wasting his money. >> questions to the prime minister. mr. andrew bingham. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute to private matthew ford from fourth battalion yorkshire regiment, lance corporal peter eustace, second time the rivals,
lieutenant david boyce and corporal richard scanlon both from the queens guard, and private thomas lake from first the time the prince of wales royal regiment. they were all courageous soldiers held in highest regard by their comrades. we owe them a great debt of gratitude for their service and for their sacrifice and was and our condolences to the families and their friends. i'm sure the whole house want to join in entry to alan king who said that after crutches battle with cancer. user popular contingency in be serving nearly 20 years before entering politics, he was a scout and continues to be a great advocate for sport not least of his chairmanship of the all party parliamentary football group which grew to be one of the largest and house under his stewardship. we send our deepest sympathies to his wife and to his family and to all his constituents. he will be missed by members on all sides of this house. this morning i had meetings with
ministers in college and others. and in addition to duties in this house i shall have further such meetings today. >> can i join the prime minister in those words and tribute our brave soldiers as we could given their lives in service to our country. all our thoughts should go out to the families drinks a difficult time. will mr. speaker, the proposal from the unique this time next week will cause -- [inaudible] does the prime minister like me think the whole response teams to bring their message out for strike based on such a small number of votes and also win the negotiations are still going on? [shouting] >> i think my honorable friends make a very important one. it is irresponsible and negotiations are ongoing to cause a strike that will actually lead to the closure of most of the classrooms in our country. it's the height of
irresponsibility. and i have to say, what is on offer is an extremely reasonable deal. low and middle income dealers get a larger pension and retirement than now, all existing accrued rights being fully protected, any worker within 10 years of retirement seen no change in either th thee they can retire or the amount they can receive. and i think as also it is a tragic not just the union leaders that don't understand this but the party opposite refuses to condemn these strikes. [shouting] >> ed miliband. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, may i start by joining the prime minister in paying tribute to private matthew fulton, lance corporal peter eustace, lieutenant david boyce and lance corporal richard scalpel the first the queen's guard, and private thomas lake, first battalion princess of wales royal regiment. all of these men died serving
our country with the utmost bravery and courage, and my deepest condolences and those of the whole house are with her family and friends. i also want to pay tribute as the prime minister rightly did to alan kean, the former member. he was somebody with friends and fought in this house. he was somebody who believe the nine people and opportunities for young people. and most of all, in the power of sport to change people's lives. as i heard at his funeral yesterday, he certainly had the unusual idea. he took his wife to the orient which turned out not to be a chinese restaurant, but later orient. [laughter] he was a great and lovely man. he will be missed by all of us but most of all by his wife and his family. mr. speaker, can the prime minister tell us what the increase has been in long-term youth unemployment as he scrapped the future jobs fund in march?
>> welcome youth unemployment is up since the last election. i said that youth unemployment is unacceptably high in this country as it is unacceptably high right across europe. the problem is that youth unemployment in this country has been rising since 2004. and under the last labour government it went up by 40%. what we've got to do to help get young people back to work is improve our school system so that proper qualifications, improve our welfare system so it pays to work, and improve our employment system so there are proper apprenticeships to help young people. we have 360,000 apprenticeships this year helping young people to get work. >> ed miliband. >> mr. speaker, under 13 years of a labour government youth unemployment never reached 1 million. it is taken in 18 months to get to that figure. [shouting] >> and since he didn't answer the question, since he didn't answer the question, the reality
is, since he scrapped the future jobs fund in march, long-term youth unemployment has risen by 77%. now, can you tell us what has happened in long-term youth unemployment? since he worked his youth program in june. >> first of all let me just to become youth unemployment up to 40% under labour government. and let me just remind him about you something his brother said last week -- [shouting] he said very clear, this government did not invent the problem of youth unemployment. [shouting] i think we should have, we should have that sort of candor from his brother. now, the leader of the opposition asked me very specific about the future jobs fund and the work program. let me give him the answer. the work program is helping 50% more people than the future jobs fund.
it will help 120,000 young people this year with the future jobs fund only help 80,000 people. the waiting time for the most needy young people will be half of the waiting time there was under the future jobs funded under the work program those who are not in education employment and training will get help. i would've thought minutes opposite would want to hear about what we're doing to help. [shouting] they will get help within three months rather than six months. but the absolute key is that because we are paying by result, the work program will actually help those who need the most help where as the future jobs fund put a lot of graduates into public sector jobs and was five times more expensive than the alternative. that's why we scrapped and replaced it with something better. >> ed miliband. >> mr. speaker, there's lots of bluster but doesn't answer the question i ask. [shouting]
>> and then i am interested in the answer, mr. speaker. they will be interested because in june 2011 when the work program was introduced there were 85,000 young people unemployed for more than six months. now it is 133,000, a massive increase since he introduced the work program. if he sees about tackling youth unemployment he should get on the highest income to help those with no income at all. why doesn't he tax the bankers bonuses and use the money to pay 100,000 jobs for our young people? >> we have introduced the bank levy that will raise more every year than the bonus packs, than his bonus tax would raise in one year. but mr. speaker, we just heard a new use for the bonus attacks. there have been nine already. he has used the bonus tax -- [laughter] let me give him the list or teaches the bonus tax the higher
tax credits, giving child benefit to those on the highest rates of tax, cutting the deficit, spending on public services, more money for the regional growth fund, that's where he's defending it rather than attacking it, turning empty shops into council community centers, and higher pressure this is the bank tax that likes to say yes. [laughter] no wonder, no wonder the shadow chancellor stopped saluting and started crying. [laughter] >> ed miliband. [shouting] [shouting] >> even for this prime minister to be playing politics with youth -- [shouting] and he is the one, and he is -- >> order, order. let me say it again. the prime minister will be heard, and the leader of the
opposition will be heard. and laughing about the denial of a hearing is not to the credit of being the honorable or all right honorable member. mr. ed miliband. >> the truth is he's the one cutting taxes for the banks year on year in the cause of this parliament, and that is the reality. is creating a lost generation of young people and he knows it. and it is responsibility. it's happening on his watch. he said on monday to the cbi it was harder than anyone in business to get the deficit down. but mr. speaker, he was warned that his strategy of cutting too far and too fast wouldn't create jobs. he was warned it wouldn't create growth, and he was warned he would find it harder to get the deficit down. isn't that exactly what has happened? >> he accuses us of cutting taxes. let me tell him what we are cutting. we're cutting interest rates which is getting this economy --
we are cutting corporation tax, we've now got the lowest rate of corporation tax in the g7. we're cutting tax for the low pay because we taken an young people out of income tax. where everything to council tax, cutting pension tax and scrapping labour's job tax. that is what this government is doing. of course, let me answer indirectly on the issues of growth and debt. this is absolutely key. he is at it again, i'm afraid. [shouting] all over europe there is an interest rate storm. [shouting] there is an interest-rate storm with high interest rates in spain, high interest rates in italy, high interest rates even in some other countries at the heart of the eurozone. we must make sure we keep this country safe with low interest rates. and let me just remind them of this. if interest rates and up by 1% in this country, that would add
1000 pounds to the typical family mortgage. that is the risks we would have with labour's plans or more spending, more bombing and more debt. >> ed miliband. >> mr. speaker, there he goes again. when it goes wrong it's nothing to do with them. [shouting] it is the prime minister's abc, anyone but cameron to blame when things go wrong. what did the chancellor said at a time when the budget last year? that his approach, and i quote, we deliver a steady and sustained economic recovery. [laughter] with low inflation and falling unemployment. [laughter] mr. speaker, three promises made, three promises broken. their plan is failing and that is the proof. doesn't that show why the awful statement the prime minister should change course? >> let me just give him the
latest growth figures in europe. britain grew -- [shouting] britain grew at 4.5 is in the last quarter because the same as the u.s. and germany. it's faster than france, faster than spain, faster than the e.u. average and faster than the eurozone average. that is the fact. now, of course, it is a difficult economic environment we're in, but is there a single other mainstream party anywhere in europe who thinks the answer to the debt problem is more spending and more borrowing? if he's worried about the level of debt, why is he proposing to add another 100 billion pounds to it? it is the height of irresponsibility and the reason why people will never trust labor with the economy again. [shouting] >> how out of touch does this prime minister sound? [shouting] 1 million young people and their families worried about finding a job, and all he offers is
complacency and more of the same. and now we know it, mr. speaker, however hide youth unemployment goes come however bad it gets, it is a price worth paying to protect his failed plan. i tell him this, unless he changes course next week -- [shouting] unless he changes course next week, 1 million young people will become the symbol of his failed economic plan and and out of touch prime minister. [shouting] >> the right honorable friend astra change of course. let me just say to him, what it is that the leading economic organizations in our country and, indeed, across the world say about that issue. the imf say this, is there a justification for a shift in the policy mix? we think the answer is no. and there has to be a plan a. he says he wouldn't listen to it was labor who appointed him. [laughter] there has to be a plan a.
this country needs a fiscal consolidation starting from its largest peacetime budget ever. who was and gave us that peacetime budget? the labour party. listen to the cbi. the cbi, leading business organization in this country their priorities for the next 12 months, stick closely to the existing credible plan. that is what the experts say. that is what business does. that's what the bank of england says. would you listen to them are would you listen to the people that got us into this mess in the first place? [shouting] >> returning to next week's public sector strike -- [shouting] mr. speaker, they don't like it, do they? [laughter] is the prime minister of where that of the three largest unions, that turnout in the strike out with 32%, 31% and 25%
respectively, we agree that any striker has the right to strike if he so wishes, but he does not engage in mass action and thus he has the majority of these -- [shouting] spent i think my moral friend makes a very important point. as i said it is wrong that these strikes are going ahead when negotiations are underway. it is wrong to strike and close only classrooms and summon essential services but it is being done on the basis of these turnouts. just one quarter of members voted to strike. just 23% of those balloted at unite voted in favor. i not surprised labor members want to shot me down. we know why they won't condemn the strikes. because we have the biggest to date for where they get their money from it. [shouting] in his first year as leader of the party, 86% of labour's donations have come from the trade union. 86%.
[shouting] that is about -- under the last labour leader, 56%. about the thing has improved since the time of gordon brown. >> mr. speaker, i understand the prime minister is having trouble connecting with women and is seeking advice. given that unemployment has increased the toshiba 22nd given that women have been hard hit by public sector cuts, and given that they have benefited the least from its tax give wickham was not a great sign for a plan b and ensure benefits increased in light of inflation? >> i don't agree with the honorable lady. of course, everything in britain is facing a difficult time with rising inflation, tight household budget in fact there's been a pay sector, public sector pay freeze. but actually if you look at what we're doing in terms of try to help women, the million people
were lifted out of tax of the lowest in, many of those are women. look at what we do in terms of traditional childcare, that is helping women. look at the extra hours we're getting for two, three and four year old that is open women pics i don't accept what she says it is a difficult economic environment. but for instance, with a change would making for public sector pensions it means low-paying people in the public sector will get a better pension, including many women. but because she like everyone else on the other side is in the pocket of the unions they can't see that. >> thank you, mr. speaker. given the government's intentions to please cancer tax cut is the premise mr. -- [inaudible] planning instead to raise catch attacks by 3.5%? spent at a time of difficult
household budget is discovered that is cut the federal tax, freezing the council tax and made out of able to councils up and down the country. so low, the decision for individual councils if they want the money for the council tax free to go ahead with the council tax freeze, the money is there. if they reject as they plan to in brighton, i think that's a huge mistake because they will be asking families in brighton to pay more at a time when they should be on their side. >> thank you, mr. speaker. earlier this year the prime minister concern he would meet with members of the cross party inquiry to stocking which i chair. it is indeed welcome news that the home office one of the consulting with a few to legislating. what he confirmed that the increase evidence-based have reached conclusions will be fully taken into account in considering future legislation? >> i can certainly give the right honorable gentleman that assurance but it does seem to be important that we take the work the home office and the justice
department have done in terms of looking at a proper separate offense for stalking and recognizing the is a gap in the current law, and we should feel that because there are people who are not getting the protection and help from the police that they need. >> edward taub stimp. >> thank you, mr. speaker. genuine concern in my constituency about over development in respect to housing. how can my right honorable friend ensure that my constituents get a great say in plain decisions for a housing shortage spent i think the great strength of the localism builds which is now the localism act is working local paper a much greater say. i think in many parts of the country that would be welcomed because people can see the advantages of development going ahead and recognizing that if they to build extra houses they will keep the council tax. if they do attract extra businesses they will keep the business taxes and that will help in the problem which we've had for so long have not communities not seem any
development taking place but it should be a matter for them to decide as in the case of crew. >> with the prime minister agree that the history of northern iraq represents the problem their modern-day -- [inaudible] here we have a decent mutual and responsible building society which is been privatized, then offer extends, it then goes bust. it is then filled out by the taxpayer, and now sadly instead of returning to mutuality, it is sold off dirt cheap? >> look, i was with the right honorable gentleman for some of the way through this question, but actually look at the decisions the government has taken. first of all we are selling a business that was causing the taxpayer money and getting as you will over 700 million pounds for the business in the first instance. the second thing we can which i think is actually an interest of
every single person in this house, and everyone in this country is to get another functioning bank and building society on our high street lending money. how many times to all of us go to constituency and hear people say that i can get a mortgage or small businesses say i can't get a loan? we need a good new healthy leaning institution out there, and i think honorable members should welcome that it's going to be based in the northeast of england as northern rock was. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the government is taking steps. could the prime minister tell the house what measures are being taken to attract high quality investment to enterprise zones such as my constituency? >> i do think the enterprise zones are going to be a success because we are basing them as in his constituency in areas where there's already a successful cluster of businesses. so if you take for instance, the ones in the park or in oxfordshire, or in the enterprise zone where there'll
be a new plant employs 1000 people. the enterprise zones are being well applied, a good success story and this government is right behind him. >> the personal damage caused by long-term unemployment can be phenomenal. on average, someone who is unemployed for more than six months to six times more likely to contract a serious mental health problem. doesn't the prime minister worry that we're going to be generation of young people who will be suffering many of the problems and lack of self-esteem and lack of, never having a first job? wouldn't it make more sense to be guaranteeing every under 24 year old a job after six months unemployed, paint into work, not paying them benefits? >> i think the honorable gentleman makes a important point which is this going effective long-term youth unemployment. the are two very important things that we're doing to try to help the. first of all, helping within three months through the work program, but those not in employment, education and
training rather than six months in the future's jobs plan. with a successful schemes in recent years is giving people work experience placement. in many cases and we will be producing evidence for this income in many cases it's leading to direct employment opportunities for those young people. the deputy prime minister will have more to say about this later in this week but we're doing everything we can to help those young people into work and to prevent the starting effects that he talks about. >> can i associate myself with the prime minister's tribute to alan keen? user different and colleague on the select committee and everybody who worked with him will miss him greatly. with the prime minister acknowledged that one of the most disruptive impacts of next week's strikes will be on moms and dads with children in schools? will my right of a friend join me to allow parents to bring their children to work when it is safe for them to do so? >> well, i'm sure that the in house would agree with attribute she paid to her colleague from
the select committee and a very good work that he did on that committee but i think she makes a good point about the strikes but, frankly, the strikes are going to go ahead and everyone should be very clear about where responsibly relies. it is with those union leaders and it is with comically but hard opposite. i think she makes an important point which is where it is safe to help people bring their children to work, that i think organizations should do so. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will probably be aware that you are up to 20,000 individuals in the united kingdom. across all of united kingdom the loss considerable sums of money, often their pension savings to the cuts of the investment stock. that was a fun that was advertised as being cautious that turned out to be anything but. with the prime minister now he the course and all sides of the house for the government to use the powers open to them to institute an immediate inquiry under section 14 for the financial services and markets
act so this never happens again and? >> like the honorable gentleman i've had contacts in my constituency who lost money because of this on your very concerned about what's happening. has been a westminster hall debate on this issue and the minister set out position in terms of the responsibly of the financial services authority but i will look very carefully at what he says and see if we can do more. >> sir alan reed. >> i understand the savings made in the defense budget but i'm very concerned -- [inaudible] and the possible implication for the security at the nuclear safety in my constituency. will the prime minister please look at these proposals very carefully? >> my honorable friend makes an important point that you look at the defense budget over all, it is 35 billion pounds and will continue at pretty much that cash figure throughout this parliament. it will be still the fourth largest defense budget anywhere in the world. i can assure my honorable friend
there are no current plans to reduce the number of ministry of defense police, these are absolutely vital sites as he rightly knows it but we have to look at all of the costs and ministry of defense and make sure that what we're getting is the outcomes in terms of the safety that we need. >> doctor alan whitehead. >> does the prime minister for the associate of local authorities that meet only to give up contracts to others and provide no direct services to local population? >> what i support his local stores that provide good services and keep their council tax is down. and i think it is part of the world. he said the advantage of a bit of change of some commonsense conservatism. [inaudible] >> they are rightly concerned about media coverage over the last two days of the company difficult. will my right honorable friend join in supporting this great institution that has been
providing travel for years? i make a point to that the people can support the company. i'm looking at these. [shouting] outback they will have an extra holiday to be spent my honorable friend speaks up for an icon an important bridge business that has given people a lot of pleasure over the years. i will ask the business department getting a report on what is happening in terms of thomas cook because i think it is more to make sure that this business is any good healthy state. >> recent research has shown there is the biggest drop and the most efficient use of resources and of any leading country. with the prime minister now except that he did not inherit an nhs but one which is rapidly improving and stop using 10 year olds -- [inaudible]